Western Michigan Hammers Herd, 88-65

Kalamazoo, Michigan -- "We played completely out of character," was Marshall coach Ron Jirsa's summation. Western Michigan used a 18-2 run to accelerate away from Marshall on Monday night, en route to an overwhelming 88-65 win over the Thundering Herd at University Arena...

Marshall actually had the lead at 25-24 when Western took off on the aforementioned 18-2 run. Senior Marvin Black left the game in the first half after hitting the floor hard. Black had scored 11 points before the injury (bruised sternum), but would not return the remainder of the game.

"He (Black) had us off to a good start," added Jirsa. "But they (WMU) just stretched it and never looked back."

Western pushed the lead to nearly 30 points with 9:00 left in the game, before Marshall's A.W. Hamilton nailed a three pointer to keep that from happening. Marshall would get as close as 20 points (81-61) on Enoch Bunch's jumper with 3:49 left, but would come no closer than that.

The Broncos were led in scoring by Mike Williams with 22 points. Senior guard Ben Reed was held by Marshall below his average (21+ ppg) to only 14 points in the game. However, WMU shot 47% from the field to pick up the slack and get the win. The Broncos also forced 11 steals.

Marshall shot a lackluster 38% (23-of-60) from the field, including 24% (5-of-21) from three point range. Despite leaving the game early, Marvin Black's 11 points led the way for The Herd, while A.W. Hamilton (10 points) was the only other Marshall player to score in double figures.

Western Michigan continues its hot streak with the win, advancing to 10-1 overall and 4-0 in the MAC with the win. Marshall dropped to 5-6 overall and an even 2-2 in the MAC after the loss.

The Herd now travels to Toledo for a Wednesday evening matchup against the Rockets at 7pm.


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